3D printing is still a recent technology, with a very promising future today. Thus, more and more, it is used in science, which uses it to circumvent problems, solve them, and advance faster, further.
Drug manufacturing using 3D printing
The Spotify for Chemistry project aims to revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry with the three-dimensional printing of drugs. Developed with the University of Glasgow, their technology is the digitization of manufacturing processes.
3D printers don’t actually print drugs, but quickly build the machines that can; you can also quickly replace a part.
Manufacture of new parts
In addition to changing pharmaceuticals, 3D printing intends to change the manufacturing processes of technical objects; and therefore their design. This was recently done with a propeller from the French Navy’s Andromeda minehunter. Each propeller blade weighs approximately 300 kilos in the foundry, 200 kilos after machining.
More and more advanced 3D printed medical prostheses
A highly publicized aspect and rightly so: is medical prostheses. They can now squeeze objects and carry them. Joints are also multiplying, making people with disabilities increasingly independent.
Prostheses are improving and aim to replace failing organs and limbs.
3D printing is everywhere, including in science
3D is developing in all major cities: Paris, Bordeaux, Marseille, Lyon, and 3D in Toulouse too.
In fact, 3D printing is a technology that is spreading everywhere and of course in science. Scientific research is actively studying the possibilities offered by this three-dimensional printing technology, largely aided by increasingly efficient computing tools. It is because we do not yet know this technology well enough that we are carrying out several experiments; also, it is because this technology ultimately requires only a few resources. In the case of medicine, it can represent a great opportunity by reducing the production costs of prostheses, for example; traditional ones are very expensive and patients cannot necessarily afford them.